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Performance and Fault Management by James M. Thompson, Kent J. Phelps, Robert L. Pavone, Christopher E. Elliott, Paul L. Della Maggiora

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What Is Performance Management?

In terms of networking, performance management is the configuration and measurement of network traffic for the purpose of providing a consistent and predictable level of service. Performance management involves monitoring the network activity and adjusting network design and/or configuration in order to improve its performance and traffic handling. Performance measurement can help identify the following:

  • Normal baseline network performance (for comparing to perceived “bad” network behavior)

  • Current or potential utilization problems

  • Slow response time

  • Application, server, and network availability

  • Optimum data transfer times

Performance measurement can be broken into two categories: performance monitoring and performance ...

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